SAN ANTONIO (October 3, 2019)
– City Council voted (8-3) to adopt revisions to the Sick and Safe Leave ordinance. The following statement was released in response to the vote:
“I remain strongly opposed to government mandated Sick and Safe Leave, which is why I voted against this ordinance. Mandatory Sick and Safe Leave has the potential to severely cripple San Antonio’s businesses. In an effort to alleviate small businesses from this burden, I attempted to amend the ordinance to exclude them from the requirement to provide this regulation. Unfortunately, this amendment failed to gain the support of the majority of Council.
It is not our responsibility as a Council to dictate how private companies should handle their day-to-day business practices. This discussion should be held at the State level. By passing this revised ordinance, we are again asking for a lawsuit against San Antonio that will inevitably cost our taxpayers money.
Employers and employees in San Antonio are entitled to create their contracts for employment free of government interference. San Antonio is growing because we have had a functioning formula that has supported business development and employees. Without strong businesses, there will not be economic success, which impacts the quality of life in our great city.”